Welcome to the Toronto Student Transportation Group’s ‘Access to Education’ website.

The Toronto Student Transportation Group is an initiative between both the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board. Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of our students through various modes of transportation and to help families make informed decisions regarding their transportation choices when accessing education here in Toronto.


Spotlight

The E Bus?

Getting students to and from school in an environmentally sustainable way is one of the key missions for the Toronto Student Transportation Group.  We are pleased to report that two of our school bus providers (Switzer-Carty Transportation and Wheelchair Accessible Transit) were recently awarded the opportunity to pilot electric school buses here in the City of Toronto.  The pilot is sponsored by the Ministry of Transportation and is part of their five-year Climate Change action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below 1990 levels by 2020, 37% by 2030, and 80% by 2050.

The Lion Electric Company has provided 13 ‘Ebuses’ for various school bus providers around the Province of Ontario.  Transportation staff were out to inspect the bus and do a short ride along to get better acquainted with the new buses.  These buses are marginally wider making it easier to navigate up and down the aisle of the bus.  The most dramatic difference is the sound on the bus as there is no engine noise.  The buses are so quiet that the company has equipped these buses with an external sound system so that when the bus drops below a certain speed, music starts to play as a means to let people know the bus is nearby.  So if you’re standing on the side of the road and you hear something coming down the street; it might be the ice crème truck but may also be your new electric school bus!

 

“In order to have clean air in the cities, you have to go electric.” – Elon Musk

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Current News

Welcome Back!
We hope everyone has enjoyed the summer break. Just a reminder to log into the new transportation portal starting August 16th to confirm your transportation information for the 2018-2019 school year and sign up for notification of school bus delays. Just a reminder that this is a new system and anyone who registered last year will have to sign up again this year on the new site. If you are new to transportation and did not provide your transportation application to the school prior to June please do so starting the week of August 27th when school staff return. Please be aware, however, that applications received at that time will likely take some time to process and service may not start for the first week of school.
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Fast Facts

  • Number of buses: 1816
  • Number of students transported: 56,617
  • Total distance traveled: 71,241 km
  • Annual budget: $90 M
  • Number of carriers: 7
  • Change requests each September: 1400

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